The bloggers and promoters of Gotham Rocks care as much about building community as they do about throwing hard-rocking shows. Scouting talent from the five boroughs and beyond, the agency has assembled a quintet of like-minded acts designed to bring a burgeoning scene together for the Gotham Rocks tour. Nü-metal supergroup Eye Empire, featuring Corey Lowery of Dark New Day (brother of Sevendust's Clint Lowery) and B.C. Kochmit of Switched, unload an elephantine cargo of crunch and charisma. On stage, heads bang and sweat flies as Donald Carpenter's soulful vocals overlay charging guitar bursts and an occasional winningly goofy stage move. The band recently launched debut album Moment of Impact, winning attention and positive press through a self-distribution strategy.
Females In Training gives fitness-focused femmes a comfortable, sophisticated setting for all their calorie-crunching sweat sessions. Matriculate in a group exercise class such as Zumba, Pilates, boot camp, or ultimate abs plus to combine the exerciserly expertise of your experienced instructor with the good-natured camaraderie that’s the hallmark of all mob action. A squad of certified personal trainers augments the gym’s pulse-pounding coursework by offering one-on-one workout powwows full of insights, tips, and Oscar picks, helping tone and trim bodies while also sprinkling brains with fat-free servings of knowledge. Health hunters can also embark on solo body-shrinking expeditions using the gym’s assortment of free weights, Life Fitness treadmills and cross-trainers, StairMasters, and other heart-rate-raising equipment.
Roots Gymnastics' safety-certified coaches, some of whom have competed internationally, use gymnastics as a tool to help children to grow physically, socially, and emotionally. They begin teaching boys and girls at age 12 months in Little Sprouts programs, which build coordination and balance. In recreational programs for ages 6-18, the instructors instill more advanced skills as kids catch some air on in-ground trampolines and foam pits. In addition to gymnastics, coaches instruct in areas such as free running, wrestling, and pommel-horse grooming. They also form competitive teams for a variety of different skill levels. Roots Gymnastics boasts 19,000 square feet packed with Olympic-quality equipment. The gym includes four in-ground trampolines, a rope swing, and two foam pits.
Executive chef Sutat Anthachai weaves Eastern influences into classic pub grub at Samuel’s, which scoffs at the Gregorian calendar by serving its dinner menu until midnight 365 days a year. Culinary companions learn important lessons about sharing by carpooling to dinner on a unicycle or divvying up hot and cold tapas, such as blackened scallops ($9) and truffle risotto balls ($7). English-style fish 'n' chips sheathe tender whitefish in a homemade ale batter ($12), and a quartet of fragrant noodle bowls buoy chicken, seafood, beef, and veggies in an aromatic pho broth ($7+). Jumbo party wings ($11) and cheddar-stuffed pretzels ($8) evoke the sports bars Samuel’s so deftly transcends, and 37 widescreen TVs flank a 156-inch jumbotron that allows fans to count every crumb in Mike Ditka’s mustache. Imbibers can admire high-end spirits and robust wines, as beers from Goose Island and Magic Hat pour from 19 foam-flecked taps at Samuel’s quadrangular wooden bar, which anchors a convivial dining area ensconced in exposed brick.